Flat Earth: Smoke signals
Sunday 26 December 1999
With 400 cases of assault reported last year on the world's airlines, attributed to the combined effects of copious alcohol consumption and nicotine withdrawal, Germany's national carrier Lufthansa may be the first to beat a retreat. It is considering lifting its smoking ban on long-haul flights. Perhaps the sight that once confronted a colleague at Heathrow - a woman lighting three cigarettes at once after a non-stop no-smoking flight from Australia - will be a thing of the past.
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